Re: What was your first Reds game you remember attending?
In 1973 my father was USAF, just stationed at WPAFB, in Dayton. Back in those days, before Al Gore invented the internet, we headed to the Rike's department store ticket office to get our tickets. The lady behind the counter pulled out blocks of tickets that they had available for upcoming games. No such thing as 'best available', only the best available from the bundle of tickets that the store was allotted. Front row, right behind second base.
On game day morning, armed with a poster sized book of maps from Rand McNally,(no GPS then), we hopped on I-75. As we got closer to Cinci the lack of detail in the map made it useless. Stuck in traffic, we noticed a small 'stadium' sign pointing to get off the exit. So we turned off the Ezzard Charles road exit. No stadium in sight. Keeping with the flow of traffic we continued looking for more signs that would direct us in the right direction. Nothing. As we passed by a huge stretch of metal recycling/junk yard looking part of town we were sure we couldn't possibly be in the right place. But then as the road swung to the left, there it was, Riverfront Stadium straight at the end of the road. It was Beautiful! It looked like a crown at the end of our road.
Honestly, don't remember much specifically about the game. Who won? Don't know. Who did we play? Not sure. Just seeing Sparky Anderson, Pete Rose, Tony Perez and the rest of the Big Red Machine in person for the first time was such a treat. But, most of all, it was the memories of the adventure of going to our first game that I cherish the most.